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Associate of Applied Science in Early Education and Family Studies Outcomes

Students who complete this degree should be able to:

  1. Use their understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs, and of the multiple interacting influences on children’s development and learning, to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children.
  2. Apply a recognition of the importance and complex characteristics of children’s families and communities to the creation of respectful reciprocal relationships that support and empower families and involve all families in their children’s development and learning.
  3. Use systematic observation, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence children's development and learning.
  4. Employ their understanding of and relationships with children and families and their understanding of developmentally and culturally effective approaches to teaching and learning to implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all young children.
  5. Identify and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession.
  6. Use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.
  7. Identify themselves as continuous, collaborative learners who demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on their work, making informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources.
  8. Act as informed advocates for sound educational practices and policies.